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Unlike the red, blue or purple seats offered on the 2004 GTO, these concept yellow seats contain black seat edges. Only the center leather and head rests are colored. I bet those seats would be hard to keep clean. CLICK->
Here is a shot of the seat that never was. CLICK->
Let's review the content of the xXx movie on DVD. I'll give it a thumbs-up for showing the new 2004 GTO. The movie xXx was released in the stores for sale on December 31st, 2002. It contained a sneak preview of the 2004 GTO. Here's a front end shot of the Yellow Jacket 2004 concept car from that sneak preview. The car is very similar to the silver drawing released earlier. There was only a limited set of views of this concept car released with the movie. This is the only full car shot released. Notice how they blacked out the windshield. The reason why will be explained in one of the next photos. CLICK->
Continuing in our review of the xXx DVD... Here's a closeup of the grille on the Yellow Jacket 2004 concept GTO. Those three letters say it all. They had a great idea putting first-look shots of the GTO on a DVD. CLICK->
The 2004 GTO concept car drove slowly past during the sneak preview on the xXx movie DVD release. Let's review the front part of the car. Actually, it was not driving. The camera was panning past static photos of the car. Here, you can see the new emblem design for the side of a car that will be driven on USA roads. See anything wrong? Yep, it's on a right-hand drive car! See the little black hole where the antenna pops out of? It is always on the passenger side. You are seeing the passenger side of an Australian right-hand drive car. This is not the production version of the GTO we'll get...with left-hand drive. CLICK->
This is about as far as the Yellow Jacket GTO concept moved past the camera. You didn't get to see the rear end. Again, I think they filmed a right-hand drive version. The windows are blacked-out so you can't see the steering wheel on the wrong side! CLICK->
Reviewing the DVD further... This is Another front corner closeup view of the Yellow Jacket concept GTO. It also has the text, "300+ Horsepower". We think those headlights are pretty cool. CLICK->
Here's a close up view of the front end of the 2004 concept GTO. It has text that states, "Available 6-Speed Manual". Summer audiences that saw the xXx movie did not get to see this car. As a reviewer, I'd recommend you buy the DVD based on its "new GTO" content. CLICK->
One last sneak peek at the 2004 concept GTO. This one has text that says, "Rear-Wheel Drive". Based on what we've seen, you might like the xXx DVD. CLICK->
Here are some brief excerpts as we continue to review the DVD. Sure, the movie starring Vin Diesel as Xander Cage is exciting. Also, we found the extra Pontiac video to be interesting as well. This is Dino Bernacchi, Pontiac Advertising Manager. He spoke about the GTO during the 2004 GTO sneak preview released on the xXx movie. Here's what he had to say, "The strong connection between Pontiac and xXx is, we're all about excitement. You know, we're about high intensity, high passion, high energy. It's just so emotional. That's exactly what the director and the actors delivered in the movie. These guys knew what they were doing when they picked the GTO for this movie. It really captured the power, the presence, the extreme performance that the car is all about. I love cars, so if I had to pick a scene that's - the whole anticipation and built up to the warehouse. There's that one draped vehicle. And you see the unveiling of the GTO. You know, the movie has been a huge success. I mean, it's gotten tons of coverage. It's gotten rave reviews. It's got us on the edge of our seats wanting more. I, for one, am ready for the sequel. And who knows, Xander Cage might be driving another Pontiac." CLICK->
Bob Kraut, GTO Marketing Director from Pontiac, is pictured here in front of the 1967 GTO hardtop from the xXx movie. He spoke about the GTO during the 2004 GTO sneak preview released on the xXx action movie. Here's what he had to say, "The GTO came out at a time that was a very special period of American culture. It was a time of boundless possibilities and a lot of optimism in our country. And it was a vehicle that was in the right place at the right time. It was a great looking vehicle. It was a great performing vehicle. What made it so special is that it really defined the muscle car era. Pontiac will introduce an all-new GTO later this year - later in 2003. And it's going to have the same bad-ass attitude as the car being drove in the movie. But it's not going to look like that car. It's not going to be a retro car. But it will have awesome performance characteristics, well over 300 horsepower, faster than any other production GTO that we sold. And also, the car is going to have awesome handling capability. I think that if xXx has this car to drive in the movie, he'd have an easier time dodging the bullets."
The car you see in the background appears to be the one that Pontiac toured with in the summer of 2002. It was better-looking than the xXx stunt cars seen on ebay and elsewhere. This car had a nicely finished interior. I saw it at Norwalk, Ohio during the Ames event. It was traveling with a display that included a Vin Diesel van with bold graphics. The van can be seen on the righthand side of the photo. The van has a picture of the GTO on it. CLICK->
Is this what the new USA GTO will look like? This photo has been leaked to an Aussie website and newspaper. At least it was published down under on 8/28/02. Looks like Pontiac designers have been listening our cries for a more aggressive-looking front end. No, wait! That so-called spy photo is just a retouched photo of this HSV GTS from the Holden company website. Who's fooling who? CLICK->
On 6/20/02, Pontiac unveiled a design sketch of the new 2004 GTO which will be based on the Holden Monaro.Pontiac fans have been excited about the re-introduction of the GTO, with its anticipated performance features. But they have been very vocal about shortcomings in the styling department. They feel the car looks too vanilla, too plain, not like a GTO should look. Bill Lovejoy, General Motors Corp. Vice President for Sales, Service and Marketing unveiled a sketch of the new design Thursday to an "Oh No!" reaction from classic GTO enthusiasts around the country. Classic GTO enthusiasts number in the millions. They are quick to point out that there are many GTO-like features missing from the proposed design. The hood scoops, a bolt-on spoiler, and a hood tach are noticeably absent. However, GM officials seem to be unaware of the need for a GTO that looks distinctive. CLICK->
Bill Lovejoy, General Motors Corp. Vice President for Sales, Service and Marketing unveils Thursday, June 20, 2002, a sketch of the Australian built GTO, which is to go on sale in the fall of 2003. "The GTO will represent what every Pontiac can be and will be in the future," Lovejoy said during GM's Full line preview to the media at it's proving grounds in Milford, Mich." (APPhoto/HO/ Joe Polimeni) CLICK->
This Holden plant newsletter was sent in by an Australian. They got excited when they found out their Monaro was to be badged as a GTO and then exported to the USA.
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